Daily Herald Staff
Prince Albert will be well represented at the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association provincial wrestling championships next weekend following a strong showing at the regional qualifier held in Weyburn on Saturday.
St. Mary High School had the largest team at the regional event with 26 members making the trip and as a result they easily won the team title for most points with 147.
Carlton Comprehensive High School had just nine members compete at the regional tournament, but those nine did remarkably well as Carlton finished fourth in points and will send eight on to provincials at Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon this Saturday.
St. Mary had six of its wrestlers win titles outright – Raven Morissette (90 kilograms), Carlyle Merasty (65 KG), Brendan Jobb (90 KG), Greg Blacksioux (98 KG), Tristen Moreau (110 KG) and Justin Meltingtallow (130 KG) – in addition to two more who move on with a bye – Cody Lucyshyn (44 KG) and Zack Bieber (47 KG).
Another five competitors from St. Mary placed second in their respective weight classes and they too will be looking to win provincial gold this weekend. They are: Josie Lehner (50 KG), Charlene McKay (80 KG), Sydney McIntyre (90 KG), Matt Bonneau (59 KG) and Kalin Langford (110 KG).
Third-place results should also be good enough to qualify for provincials and St. Mary had fice of those including Tiandra Wolverine (47 KG), Charity Gareau (56 KG), Vicky Livingstone (73 KG), Demi Beaupre (80 KG) and Troy Clarke (77 KG).
Justin Lucyshyn was fourth in the 62 KG division and might get a wild-card spot in the championship.
From Carlton, Eden McPherson (68 KG), Robbie Deeks-Schwartz (56 KG) and Trent Billette (77 KG) all topped their weight classes while Tanner Pedersen was second in the 98 KG division for male wrestlers.
Josh Guthrie (65 KG) and Tyler Dupuis (69 KG) were third in their divisions and will be looking to move up from that position at provincials while Sam Breckenridge was fourth in the female 73 KG class and is expected to be competing in Saskatoon as well.
A lot of the wrestlers from both schools compete in provincial cadet competitions as well as the high school season so they are well prepared for what lies ahead this weekend and should generate some very strong results.